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SSD controllers may run your applications someday

Stephen Lawson | Aug. 8, 2014
It's time for enterprise applications and storage to work more closely together, even to the point where SSDs become a pool of computing power, according to Samsung Semiconductor.

"It's a non-trivial problem," said Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst at Taneja Group. "I don't see a very clear path."

To bridge the gap, Samsung wants the industry to come up with standard APIs that are agnostic to controller architecture. Using an API, the application could communicate with any one of those architectures, Brennan said.

The initiative Samsung wants to kick off, which it calls Storage Intelligence, would involve SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association), INCITS (the International Committee for Information Technology Standards) and NVM Express, the industry group that defined the NVMe common interface for SSDs.

The company sees it as "an opportunity for this next decade."

"Everyone in this room has to work together to have applications talk to storage," Brennan told the audience.

Cooperation will be key, according to Brookwood. If Samsung tried to introduce these mechanisms on its own, they wouldn't gain much traction, he said.

Samsung's goals for Storage Intelligence are in line with what the IT industry has been trying to accomplish through server virtualization and other efforts over the past several years, Taneja said.

"This is a common quest across the industry," Taneja said. "As an industry, we've wasted tons of capacity."


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